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Old 06-24-2012, 10:24 AM
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Looks bullet proof Jen.

When we were kids one night we got drunk and played mailbox baseball. The kid driving had borrowed his parents car (a real nice Subaru) and my buddy was up to bat.

Well he was so drunk he kept missing the mailboxes. Beat the shit out of that poor car
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:36 AM
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Jenn, Nice looking mail box so far!
I built a stand about 1986 or so, I used 3" Schedule 40 pipe for the stand and the arm. The stand sits across the ditch from the road and is set in concrete, there is a front spindle from an early 70's Chevy Nova welded to the top of the stand.
The Arm is about 8' long, and extends beyond the stand a ways. The hub from the spindle was welded into the arm after the stand was set and accurate measurements were taken.
I added a frame to support the paperbox and mailbox
I set the stand to allow the arm to return to position after being hit by the snow plows. This worked well until the mailman hit the arm when it was blowing in the wind, he came in and told me about that so I added a spring to hold the box in place against the wind and a stop to prevent the wind from blowing it the other way.
If I had it to do over I would replace the 3" stand with 6" and leave the arm the same. It has been hit at least a dozen times over the years by snowplows and twice by cars that I know of . One car lost a mirror and the other had a smashed windshield and a damaged A-pillar, the car had been in the ditch for a awhile before striking the box. The cops woke me up to ask me to come out and look to make sure that the stand was not damaged. I checked it out and other then a little bend on the frame that supported the boxes the stand survived well. the cops told me that when they got on scene they could not figure out how the stand had survived the impact until the one walked over to look at it, and discovered it swung.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:29 AM
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guys I love all the stories. I can see I"m in good company with this here mailbox.


I myself have fallen onto a self closing door hinge design of bevel in a bevel kind of like an old fashioned bar room swinging doors for the swivel part.

I'd love to see pic's of everybody elses since the more the information flows the better..

Besides that I'm a visual learner.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:22 PM
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Nice mail box Jenn. Saw your thread and thought I should post up pics of my my neighbors mail box post

I like it so much, I took pics of it, to more or less copy at some point, mine needs replacement.

The old box kept getting taken out my the snow plow.

With a mail box like you are building (Jenn's) on it, it would be pretty indestructible. As you can see, the mail box is a "off the shelf item" whats neat about this one, is its return to center via gravity. The diamond plate is to protect the box from snow coming off a snow plow, not a base ball bat or other blunt object.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:28 PM
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My favorite was one with the horizontal made out of chain. Apparently each of the links was welded to the next. Who says you can't push a chain uphill? Saw it somewhere on the back roads of Kentucky - sorry, no pictures.

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My favorite was one with the horizontal made out of chain. Apparently each of the links was welded to the next. Who says you can't push a chain uphill? Saw it somewhere on the back roads of Kentucky - sorry, no pictures.

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In my travels, Ive seen a couple of those, usually in the shape of an "S", and big links !

Being a gearhead, I like the ones that are built out of a straight 8 crankshaft.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:19 AM
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Nice mail box Jenn. Saw your thread and thought I should post up pics of my my neighbors mail box post

I like it so much, I took pics of it, to more or less copy at some point, mine needs replacement.

The old box kept getting taken out my the snow plow.

With a mail box like you are building (Jenn's) on it, it would be pretty indestructible. As you can see, the mail box is a "off the shelf item" whats neat about this one, is its return to center via gravity. The diamond plate is to protect the box from snow coming off a snow plow, not a base ball bat or other blunt object.
Thanks for the pic's. this is a simple idea and I imagine swivels dramatically easier then the pipe in pipe as I was thinking.

I might have to borrow this one.

Anybody else with a hinge idea.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:34 AM
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Default Jenn, here are the photos.

  1. Overall shot
  2. Spindle assembly and return spring.
  3. Counterbalance.
  4. Another overall photo.
The arm is a little longer than I remembered it to be.
I will get a picture of the stop once I trim the brush back.
This design allows the snowplow to pass before it swings back into place, it also makes a pretty big bang when the plow hits it.
The road crew is prepping the road to pave it
I need to paint it up one of these days also.
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  1. Overall shot
  2. Spindle assembly and return spring.
  3. Counterbalance.
  4. Another overall photo.
The arm is a little longer than I remembered it to be.
I will get a picture of the stop once I trim the brush back.
This design allows the snowplow to pass before it swings back into place, it also makes a pretty big bang when the plow hits it.
The road crew is prepping the road to pave it
I need to paint it up one of these days also.
Dan.

Boy you guys are making this tough.. So many good designs.

Dan is the box a heavy box or just a standard box?
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:51 AM
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1. As a kid back in The Promised Land, we had a mailbox post made of heavy chain that Dad had welded together.

2. In a former life I had 2 young men under my control who were doing a year in the county lock-up for destroying mail boxes (pulling it all in the county because the federal joints didnt accept anyone doing a year or less.)

3. Once investigated a mail box vandalism that involved a post made from a semi truck crankshaft. He was able to drive away after the crash somehow.

4. My own mail box is a 1" solid steel bar set in concrete.
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